The Comic Stories

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Ivan R. Dee, 23 févr. 1999 - 224 pages
By 1888, when he was just twenty-eight, Chekhov had published a staggering 528 stories, about half of them comic. Unpretentious, lively, and inventive, these comic stories have long been affectionately regarded in Russia, but publishers in the West, overawed by the prevailing image of Chekhov as a melancholy genius, have resisted the down-to-earth humorist. This collection is the first substantial volume in English devoted solely to the comic stories. The forty stories here reveal the full range of Chekhov's comic mastery: simple sketches, almost like verbal cartoons; outrageous parodies and stories with a comic twist; satirical and subversive pieces that foreshadow the anti-authoritarian attitudes of his later work; and excursions into the absurd that hint of his later stage dialogue. In these early comic stories Chekhov found himself as an artist. Readers unfamiliar with them may miss the countless touches of humor in the later and more famous plays and stories. Tolstoy, who disliked Chekhov's plays, was reduced to helpless fits of laughter by his comic stories. They have a sense of fun and infectious good humor.
 

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Table des matières

Introduction
1
He Quarrelled with his Wife
11
Notes from the Memoirs of a Man of Ideals
12
A Dreadful Night
16
From the Diary of an Assistant Bookkeeper
22
An Incident at Law
24
The Daughter of Albion
26
Foiled
30
The Objet d Art
110
A Horsy Name
114
At the Bathhouse
117
The Chameleon
121
Revenge
124
The Orator
128
The Exclamation Mark
131
Notes from the Journal of a Quicktempered Man
136

A Woman without Prejudices
32
The Complaints Book
36
The Swedish Match
37
Rapture
57
Vint
59
On the Telephone
63
Romance with DoubleBass
65
The Death of a Civil Servant
71
Overdoing It
74
Surgery
78
In the Dark
82
Kashtanka
86
Grisha
105
Fat and Thin
108
A Man of Ideas
145
The Siren
148
The Burbot
153
The Civil Service Exam
158
Boys
162
A Drama
168
The Malefactor
173
No Comment
177
Sergeant Prishibeyev
181
Encased
185
The Darling
197
Notes
209
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Harvey Pitcher, a graduate of St. John's College, Oxford, and author of several books on Russian culture, has also written The Chekhov Play and co-translated Chekhov: The Early Stories, which was highly acclaimed for its original choice of stories and the quality of its translation.

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